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We offer engaging private music lessons for ages 5+ and for nearly any instrument you could request! Our faculty team is composed of passionate and qualified instructors who cater each lesson to the individual-not all students learn the same way! Lessons are available during the day and after school for lessons. Students takes lessons once a week for 30, 45, or 60 minutes. We would love to work with you to find the perfect teacher for your musical experience!
Our Music Education PHILOSOPHY
We believe all people have the beautiful and unique ability to create music, regardless of age or perceived talent level. This ability should be nurtured in a rich, supportive environment, where students are encouraged to interact with music through many different modes, including singing, moving, listening, performing, and creating.
Private lessons at the Black Swamp Fine Arts School are highly individualized and tailored to the student. Our instructors bring significant amounts of knowledge, experience, and skill to each lesson. Curriculum content and lesson structure will vary depending on the needs and skill level of the student, but in general the following aspects of musicianship will be addressed throughout the year:
- Playing technique and tone production
- Reading and performing from music notation and by memory
- Recognizing and performing expressive elements in music
- Practicing standard, level-appropriate scales and etudes to improve technique
- Consistently working on and performing solos both privately (in lessons and for family/friends), and publicly (each semester in our studio recitals)
- Developing efficient and effective practice habits
- Instrument care and maintenance
- Playing technique and tone production
- Working with a collaborative pianist for performances
Details for Lessons
- Parent/Guardian Expectations
At home: Some students are very self-motivated, but other students will need a reminder to set
aside time in the day to practice. Please, help your child be successful in their musical endeavors!
If your student is young, approximately between 3-8 years old, you may be asked to assist your
student in practicing at home. If this is the case, the faculty member will teach you how to
practice with your student.
During lessons: For students ages 3-8, it is strongly suggested that a parent attend and take notes
during the lesson so that they can assist with home practice during the week. However, parents of
children that are older are welcome to attend lessons, too! Parent/guardian involvement, even if
the parent is “nonmusical,” has a significant, positive impact on the musical success of the
student. Compare it to homework that students complete for school. Teachers at school instruct
students during the day, and then they are assigned work or projects to complete at home.
Students that receive the guidance of their parent tend to do very well! This applies to music
lessons, as well.
- Practice Policy
Students are expected to practice at least 5 times a week; more practice is always encouraged!
Consistent practice is much more beneficial than a few lengthy practice sessions.
- Late Policy
You lesson time is a weekly appointment that your instructor has set aside and prepared to
specifically teach you. Please, arrive at your lesson on time, with all necessary materials
(instrument, music, pencil, and lesson notes from the previous week). If a student is going to be
more than 5 minutes late to a lesson, please inform the instructor. If a student is late, the
instructor will teach them for the remaining lesson time.
- Fall Semester Dates
The fall semester runs from August 27th-December 15th, 2017 and concludes with a Music
Recital for our private music students on Sunday, December 16th at the Pemberville Opera
House. There will be 14 lessons during the 15-week semester, which allows for one cancellation
with prior notice. No lessons are offered during our fall break: October 21st and 22nd, and
Thanksgiving break: November 27th, 28th, & 29th.
- Make-up Policy
Lessons canceled by the student without at least 24 hours’ notice will not be made up or
refunded. If given advance notice, one lesson per semester can be rescheduled. If the instructor
must cancel a lesson for any reason, it will always be made up.
- Fall 2018 Tuition Rates
The tuition rate for the fall semester includes 14 lessons and admittance to the December private
lesson recital. There will be no additional charge for tickets to the December private lesson
recital . The semester rate below can be paid in full by August 27th, or in 4 installments due the
27th of August, September, October, and November, respectively. In the event a student
withdraws from lessons before the end of the semester, full payment for the semester is still due.
30-minute lesson: $350 for the semester, or 4 installments of $87.5 each.
45-minute lesson: $462 for the semester; or 4 installments of $115.5 each.
60-minute lesson: $574 for the semester, or 4 installments of $143.5 each.
Note: 45 and 60 minute lessons are recommended for intermediate to advanced students, and
only if the instructor deems it necessary for their musical growth. Beginning students will always
start with 30-minute lessons.
- How to Pay
When a family decides to enroll in lessons at BSFA School, we will send an e-mail with a link to
create a profile on DanceStudio-Pro, our new studio software. This software works for music,
dance, and art classes and lessons. Once a profile is set up, families will be able to enroll and pay
for classes and lessons each semester. Families can choose to pay for the entire semester up
front, or be auto-billed in four installments throughout the semester. (See installment rates